Azka Mohyuddin

Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Displaced to a Place: Interventions for Refugee Integration in Cities

Often when thinking of refugees, images of people in camps come to mind where thousands live together in make-shift living quarters and embody temporality. However, with more than half of the refugee population now living in urban areas, the refugee issue has become a city issue. Just as displacement is a place-based trauma, refugee resettlement must be approached as a place-based intervention. This thesis highlights the role of planners by studying the spatial implications of refugee integration in Roxbury, Boston, MA to inform how cities can empower refugees to not only successfully integrate but to have agency in their new homes.

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